Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rail cars en route to Kingdom

Rail cars en route to Kingdom

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A Royal Railway train waits at the railway station in Phnom Penh in 2016. Three new trian carriages from Mexico are set to arrive in the Kingdom in October. Sreng Meng Srun

Rail cars en route to Kingdom

Three new train carriages ordered from Mexico for the Kingdom’s rail services will arrive in October, an executive of Royal Railways said.

The Royal Group subsidiary, which in 2010 won a 30-year concession to operate and upgrade the Kingdom’s rail network, began running a new service in mid-April from the capital’s city centre to Phnom Penh International Airport.

Though the new carriages were expected in June, Royal Railways CEO John Guiry said on Tuesday that delivery had been pushed back four months. However, he said the carriages were soon to be put on a ship bound for the Kingdom.

“The carriages have left the factory in Mexico and are now at the port, ready to be shipped. They could take between six and eight weeks to arrive and should be here in mid- or late-October,” he said.

Guiry said two of the three new carriages will be used for the airport route, while the third will be used occasionally on the Poipet- and Sihanoukville-bound journeys.

Free until November

Since its launch earlier this year, the airport train route has drawn complaints from residents living along the tracks, noting the noise pollution and traffic accidents.

Ministry of Public Works and Transportation spokesman Va Simsorya said that the new train carriages will be more modern and would change the perceptions travellers have toward the service.

“We hope that the new carriages will help to increase the number of passengers and reduce some of the negative impacts of the service,” he said.

From the city centre’s train station on Monivong Boulevard, the train currently takes around 35 minutes to reach the airport. It departs at 40-minute intervals from 5:30am to 2:30pm. Guiry said an average of 1,500 passengers utilise the service daily.

Fares have been waived until the end of October for the train route to the airport. But Guiry declined to disclose the fares that would be charged from November.

MOST VIEWED

  • Draft law on state of emergency pending finalisation

    Prime Minister Hun Sen will lead a top-level meeting on Tuesdays to review the draft law on imposing a state of emergency. Meantime, he has decided to close all casinos in Cambodia effective April 1. In the press conference after the National Assembly met today, Hun

  • State of emergency on table amid pandemic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen, his deputy prime ministers and legal team will meet on Tuesday to review the draft law on declaring a state of emergency, as Covid-19 cases rose to 107 in the Kingdom on Monday. Speaking at a press conference after a parliament meeting

  • Stranded passengers petition UK for help

    Some 10,521 people have signed an online petition calling on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and relevant officials to fly nearly 200 passengers out of Cambodia. The petition is targeted at 15,000 people. Most of the passengers are British nationals, who are stranded in Cambodia after airlines cancelled

  • Many in limbo as tension heightens

    As the Kingdom restricts travel and prepares for a state of emergency, some foreigners in Cambodia are scrambling for a way home. Foreign embassies in Phnom Penh are making efforts to get their citizens out, but cancelled flights have become common due to the coronavirus

  • Covid-19 Pandemic: Force majeure and legal consequences

    Is the Covid-19 pandemic considered an event of force majeure? The World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak a pandemic on March 11. Following this declaration, the Ministry of Health and other ministries have taken various legal and administrative measures to prevent the rapid

  • No word on state of emergency

    The National Assembly (NA) said it will postpone all unnecessary meetings in line with guidance from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) amid the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it did not say when or how it will debate the “state of emergency”